A Day for the Bluegrass Family
Wednesday promises to be a nice day for the bluegrass family. It isn’t every day our music gets on big-time commercial T.V. but that is exactly what’s gonna happen. Megan Heidlberg from WSPA Channel 7 asked me to be on the morning show to talk about “The Mandolin Case.” I told her I thought it would be a stronger presentation if I could bring a few friends to play, and she agreed to do that. We’ll be on at 10:00 AM on August 25, 2010.
It is so appropriate. Other than immediate family, my bluegrass friends are the most important people in my life. In many ways they are like family. On a day when I have a family member who has potential to be in harm’s way (can’t talk about it) my bluegrass young-un (Darin Aldridge www.darinandbrookealdridge.com) and my bluegrass brother (Wayne Benson www.iiirdtymeout.com) are gonna play some triple mandolin with me on live T.V. When you see them, buy their CDs and tell ’em Doc said his life was so much richer for knowing them. I see a lot that is hard, and the music saved the day for me at times. I assure you this will be the case Wednesday.
After the morning T.V. show I’m gonna find some lunch for me and my pals and put it on my official “Physician Bluegrass Fiction” account. (I have faith we’ll sell enough books to cover expenses) Then at 2:00 I’ll be at a book store, Fiction Addiction, for a book signing along with Darin. (Wayne has a recording session at that time) Check out their website. The store is owned by women but they do not discriminate against old male doctor/bluegrass pickers. This is also most apropos, ’cause about 90% of my readers are female. (My daughter says that’s because men don’t read that much; she’s probably right.) Here’s the website for the bookstore. http://www.fiction-addiction.com
Thanks for having me, guys. I hope you’ll find something you like in “The Mandolin Case.” If you don’t, all is not lost. Wait till you hear Darin play the mandolin. Take one of his CDs home with you. The kid is beyond gifted and his wife is one of best new singers in bluegrass. (or any genre)
After that we’ve got few hours to kill. We’ll probably sit on a park bench to pick music and eat ice cream. Then at 5:00 we’ll be at Horizon Records. Here’s their link: www.horizonrecords.com This is an institution in Greenville, and likely the number one source for traditional (and other genres) music in the area. We may well have a special guest for a song, but I’m not gonna announce anything till we are there. As I get to know my bluegrass friends better, I am forever impressed at the personal juggling act they have to perform every day to bring us all this fine music. It involves buses and planes and car drop offs and hitching rides to Kentucky and a barrage of text messages and phone calls to make it all work.
Again, and I can not over emphasize the point, if you like what they do, buy their CDs. They love the music and are about art first and business second, but that is the only way they can stay out there. For them to be able to go deep into the art they must have our support to make it work. It’s the only way we can have the music.
“The Mandolin Case” was written on many levels, and for many reasons, but one was to make this point. Art, and the mandolin and bluegrass music in particular, saved this old Doc’s life. I rode home from the hospital many a night dead dog tired and arrived safe because my artist friends rode with me via my cassette player. All I’m doing with this part of my message is paying them back. It is that important to me, and I’m never gonna forget to show anyone who will listen.
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